“Johnny Stone was arrested Sept. 9, 2009, while visiting family members in the Sunnydale housing projects,” sfappeal.com reports. “His attorney, Deputy Public Defender Arial Boyce-Smith, said that he had borrowed [a] gun for a trip to the car to retrieve baby food and diapers for his crying niece, after hearing gunshots in the area earlier that day. Stone testified during the trial that he had been robbed on a previous visit to the area and that a cousin had been shot on the same block.” So it’s Constitutional Carry in The People’s Republic of Kalifornia? “The defense was one of necessity,” Boyce-Smith said. “It was clear Mr. Stone took the gun solely for protection. He was acting in an emergency and it was necessary for him to have the gun to protect himself from great bodily harm.” So if you need a gun, it’s OK to carry one? My sentiments exactly. Remove the arrest, prosecution and jury part of the program and we’re good to go.

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9 Responses to Major San Francisco Gun Rights Victory

  1. Why was he pinched in the first place? Was the gun visible? Was it a case of “walking while black?”

    • Exactly my question too…unfortunately yet another example of an incomplete news report that leaves lots of room for speculation: I decline.

  2. This is a pretty big thing being that it happened in Frisco, the same city that voted in a handgun ban.

  3. RF I think a better title would have been “San Fran my Man Acquitted On Weapons Charges After “Necessity Defense””. It is not until you read the SF Appeal article that you find this out. And I agree, coming from the Bay Area this is huge.

  4. Jury nullification. A liberty lover feels like Tantulus when discussing it. An avenue for complete freedom, but the sheep don’t want it. Plus, they believe the judges’ lies: “facts of the case only jurors.” The only thing that I wonder about is how few people seem to think. “Gee, what exactly is the point of the jury when the sole purpose is to rubber stamp the state’s decrees…oh well, I don’t carry a gun, I don’t use cannabis, I pay my taxes, etc, etc…”

  5. I don’t blame the fella for wanting a little protection. But the laws the laws the law. I feel his pain because I’ve been in some bad neighborhoods (Irvington, Newark, Camden, NJ) where it is illegal to carry.

  6. Sorry, but you have the right of self protection, even when using an illegal gun. The point here is proving that you were scared for your life. Even Felons have won a few cases where they were caught with a firearm. If you are being hunted by bad guys, the police will not help you, especially if you are a felon.

    Isn’t that the point of having a firearm for protection?

    • I believe in jury nullification especially when the law is an illegal encroachment on constitutional rights. This will over ride activist judges that are set on creating their own laws.

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